Questions for days

15. Write a list of questions to which you urgently need answers.

  1. Just putting this out there: Trump? Really?
  2. What do dogs do when you leave them home all day?
  3. Who was the original hipster? Like seriously- who started that?
  4. How come salads never taste as good when you make them at home as they do when you order them at a restaurant?
  5. Why did we decide to make Alaska a state? Why not just let it be part of Canada?
  6. Why do people insist that you close your eyes when you make a wish?
  7. Why do styles come and go every 20 years?
  8. Why does America have different units of measurement than every other country?
  9. How did the Romans figure out the whole indoor plumbing thing and then the rest of the world somehow forgot all the progress?
  10. Is guy’s shampoo actually from girl’s shampoo?
  11. How much money does the bubble bath industry make a year?
  12. What are the words to “Wannabe” by Spice Girls?
  13. What in the world is a “pickled cucumber”? That’s a pickle.
  14. When did we start referring to problems as pickles?
  15. Does Apple hardwire iPhones to stop working when the next generation comes out?
  16. Why are mother-in-laws notoriously terrible?
  17. Whose idea was it to first film a reality show?
  18. Why do we have two kidneys when we technically only need one?
  19. What is it about making something smaller that’s so adorable?
  20. Why do they even include the two end pieces in a loaf of bread? Throw that shit out.
  21. What’s up with everyone’s fascination with Ke$ha and why does she spell her name with a dollar sign?
  22. Who would make a worse president- Donald or Kanye?
  23. If Trump gets elected, how many people would actually leave the country?
  24. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie pop?

whyyyyyy

15. Write a list of questions to which you urgently need answers.

  1. Donald J. Trump- WHY?
  2. Why do we clap after someone blows out birthday candles?
  3. Why would someone willingly go on the show Naked & Afraid?
  4. Why is traffic so light on Friday morning?
  5. Are we 100% sure that Donald Trump isn’t a Clinton conspiracy?
  6. Why do people forget how to drive when it rains/snows?
  7. Are Joe Biden and Lady GaGa actually friends like he claimed they were when he introduced her at the Oscars?
  8. When did interrupting people become socially acceptable?
  9. Why are you (anyone who does this) chewing with your mouth open?
    1. Who taught you to eat?
  10. WHY ALAN RICKMAN, UNIVERSE? WHY?
  11. When are Delawarians going to stop talking about traffic and weather?
  12. Is my life being secretly recorded?
  13.  Can it please be on vacation right now?
  14. Why are you still talking?
  15. What is so appealing about the horror genre?
  16. What do you mean you don’t like reading?
  17. Does anyone actually use Siri on a consistent basis?
  18. Who invented the word ‘Fork’ ?
  19. How did swear words become ‘bad words’ ?
  20. How do British people describe something as ‘bloody’ (like a crime scene or when you cut off a part of your finger with a knife while cooking) without people thinking they’re swearing?
  21. To the people who don’t like to travel and would be happy never leaving their home state: Why? How? What happened to you?
  22. Who keeps making flip phones?
    1. Who is still buying flip phones?
  23. What kind of a*$%^(# apartment complex doesn’t let their residents have dogs?
  24. Can we please be like Arizona and just stop with Daylight Savings Time?
  25. Is the sun ever going to come out again for more than 12 hours?
  26. Can we all stop pretending like we love small talk?
  27. Why are you talking to me before I’ve had coffee?
  28. Why didn’t you respond to my text but you posted on social media?
  29. Why are you using Facebook/Twitter as your personal diary?
  30. Can someone explain Trump, please?

*Please note that many of these questions were not directed at a particular person, but to the ‘collective’ you.*

 

Cry me a river.

13. What always brings tears to your eyes?

I gotta say, I’m not a crier. It takes a lot to get me to cry. Unless I’m PMSing, then I cry at like everything, so let’s not count that, k.

  1. The end of Return of the King.

    Are you kidding me? I can’t handle Sam’s face. Frodo’s strength. So by “brings tears to your eyes” this one for me is more like “sobs like a child”

  2. The music that goes with THAT part of the movie. (Seriously, I just listened to it and thought I could get through it. I can’t.) Listen to it, I dare you. It’s called “The Grey Havens.” Oh you didn’t cry? Monster.
  3. Also this part of Fellowship of the King…

ba170cd90108e0cfb944866960774d5e.jpg

4. “Always.”

5. The last few pages of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Also all the movie trailers for it.

6. The death scene of Romeo and Juliet. (Reading mostly, but sometimes watching one of the movie versions.)

7. My wedding vows.
Allen&Liz-206.JPG

8. Other people’s wedding vows. -Seriously, I am a MESS at other people’s weddings.

I might edit this as I think of things… but 8 it is.. Don’t judge me, y’all.

 

A better story

8. Discuss a spontaneous moment in your life that turned out to be fantastic.

Spontaneity is not something I’m great at. I’ve always thought it’s a great concept, and I love the idea of it. To not be tied down to schedules and plans sounds good in theory, but I have a difficult time actually living that out. While I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a spontaneous person, I do have some spontaneous moments I hold near to my heart.

I have a friend, Leah, who lives in Charleston. Aka one of the best cities on the planet. And she is wonderful. She’s full of life, tells it like it is, and is married to a “Ken look-alike” type of guy. A couple years ago she was in Delaware visiting, and as we were sitting at a corner table in Brew-Haha, she starts to tell me about her plans to get back home. You see, Leah is a photographer, so she was in town shooting a wedding and had to drive to fit all her gear.

IMG_4421Her plan was to take our mutual friend Madison
with her and road trip their way down the east coast and stop at all those cheesy places you hear about, but never actually go to. Giant roller skate, anyone?

The first words out of my mouth were, “I want to go!” And because she’s Leah, she said I absolutely should. They were leaving two days later.

My mind immediately went to not being able to miss work and all the other “planner” type thoughts you could imagine one would have, but I powered through and decided to go. And oh my word- I’m so glad I did!

My favorite stop along the way was an abandoned renaissance fair in no-man’s land Virginia. I’m not kidding- this place was creepy AF. I was just waiting for the village of homeless people to jump out and kill us at any moment. “Do I have my I.D. on me? How will they identify the body? NO ONE knows where we are right now.” All very real thoughts that went through my head.

IMG_4374

After turning what should have been a ten hour car ride into a fifteen hour one, we finally made it to Charleston. We visited plantations with the oldest trees I’ve ever seen, ate some of the most amazing food (shrimp and grits is a real thing!), and wondered the streets of one of the oldest cities we have. It was beautiful and wonderful and everything else you would imagine it to be.

This was one of those opportunities where knowing when to say “yes” was so important. It took some fighting off normal tendencies and a willingness to get out of my comfort zone, but I learned what has proven to be an important lesson for me.

Saying yes tells a better story.

 

These are a few of my favorite things

2. Make a list of 30 things that make you smile.

  1. The smell outside after it rains. (I know there’s a word for this, but I can never remember it.)
  2. PUPPIES. Literally any puppy.
  3. While we’re on the subject, any baby animal. I can’t help it.
  4. Coffee. Preferably iced.
  5. Getting to talk to my dad on the phone.
  6. Catching up with an old friend.
  7. Kayaking.
  8. Seeing my employees reach a goal they’ve been working towards.
  9. Sunflowers.
  10. Listening to someone describe what they’re passionate about.
  11. Ice cream.
  12. Opening the mail and actually getting something good.
  13. Watching friends go from completely sober to a little tipsy after a few glasses of wine.
  14. Finding adorable baby things for my friends who are pregnant while simultaneously not having to have a baby myself.
  15. Climbing to the top of a mountain.
  16. Being near the ocean.
  17. Getting to watch someone “create.” Photography, painting, music- doesn’t matter.
  18. Watching my mom and dad interact with each other. They’re freaking adorable.
  19. Christmas Eve traditions with my brother.
  20. Seeing a rainbow.
  21. Trying out a new recipe and actually liking how it comes out.
  22. Looking through old photos.
  23. Getting notes from people.
  24. Hearing someone talk about a book they really enjoy.
  25. Reading a great book that you just don’t want to put down.
  26. Bonfires.
  27. Waking up in the woods after a night of camping.
  28. Having someone tell you something you can tell makes them feel vulnerable.
  29. A good pun will get me every time.
  30. Being so content in one moment you just can’t help but smile.